Ireland need to hit the ground running

first_img Alan Quinlan dives for a try v Argentina at the 2003 World Cup Alan Quinlan is backing Ireland to learn from the mistakes of their disastrous 2007 World Cup campaign, provided they can get off to a strong start in New Zealand.The former Munster back-rower, who featured in two World Cups for Ireland, believes that the boys in green can exorcise their demons come September despite failing to qualify from their pool at the last tournament, thanks to a rise in the standard of Irish rugby in recent years.“The players can take confidence after the last few years having won Heineken Cups and Grand Slams,” says Quinlan, who hung up his own boots in May. “2007 was a huge disappointment for everyone involved and for all of Irish rugby, and a good start to the tournament will be key this time around. They need to perform with a high intensity in their first few games.“Declan Kidney is a very shrewd coach,” Quinlan continues. “They will be preparing for the tournament mentally, and they will speak about ’07. I think they’ve learned their lessons.”Having been accused of being undercooked before heading to France four years ago, Ireland have set up four warm-up Test matches in August. They face Scotland at Murrayfield and France in Bordeaux before hosting France and England at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, and Quinlan says it’s crucial to strike a balance between being well prepared, and avoiding costly injuries.“The Tests will be very physical in August, and there is a danger that players will pick up injuries,” admits Quinlan. “Ireland don’t have the strength in depth of some of the bigger nations, so it’s especially important for them to keep all their players fit.”Ireland’s two biggest teams have enjoyed successful seasons, with Munster winning the Magners League and Leinster the Heineken Cup, but Quinlan believes one of the star players of this year’s World Cup could come from Ulster. TAGS: Munster “To reach the quarter-finals is a minimum requirement for Ireland and all the home nations,” says Quinlan. “What you need in World Cups is experienced players, and I think the teams with the most experience will be successful at the tournament.”Alan Quinlan will be co-commentating for ITV at the World Cup. “I just have a feeling that Stephen Ferris could make a big impact,” says Quinlan. “He’s been injured for a long time, but I think Kidney could start him because he is phenomenally powerful and a great athlete, and provides a great lineout option. That’s tough on Sean O’Brien though, who’s the European Player of the Year and also very physical.“Another key player will be Jamie Heaslip. He’s been in fantastic form all season, although he had a minor dip at the start of the Six Nations, but he’s a very important component in the side.“The fly-half dilemma is an enviable one for Ireland to have, and Johnny Sexton and Ronan O’Gara certainly bring out the best in each other. When Rog started against Scotland in the Six Nations he played fantastically well, but then look what that did for Johnny’s game when he came back to start against England. I’d pick Sexton to start, but it does depend on what sort of game Kidney wants to play. Sexton plays an expansive game in attack, but Rog has got a great kicking game. That pressure drives you to play better, and it’ll make those two get the best out of themselves.”Whoever Kidney picks in his starting line-up, Quinlan says there is no doubt about the standard that is expected of Ireland today. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Iowa Episcopalians join neighbors in supporting recovery efforts after devastating…

first_img Submit an Event Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Washington, DC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID In Iowa, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, announced Aug. 17 that President Donald Trump had approved a disaster declaration to provide emergency relief to 16 counties from central Iowa east to the Mississippi River. That initial assistance will help remove debris and repair government facilities.Some Iowa leaders, however, have expressed concern that the declaration does not yet extend aid directly to homeowners and business owners. Gov. Kim Reynolds had applied for $82.7 million in federal disaster relief, citing the 8,273 homes damaged or destroyed in the storm. She requested an additional $3.77 billion to cover agricultural damage and $100 million for utility repairs. Federal officials said Aug. 18 that it could be another week before they determine whether to approve such individual assistance.In Grinnell, the Rev. Wendy Abrahamson said her power was out for nine days, and her parish, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, lost several old trees in the storm. One tree just grazed, but didn’t damage, a window in the parish hall. Parishioners have joined other volunteers in helping residents remove trees from yards, putting them in piles for city crews to pick up.“Things are getting cleared up a bit better, but there are still a surprising number of people without power,” Abrahamson said in an email to ENS. “It’s not surprising. The power lines looked like giant balls of yarn that had been beaten about by some cat.”Wagner weathered the storm from her home in Coralville, just west of Iowa City.“I’ve never lived through anything like it,” she said. “During the storm I got a text from my neighbor asking if I knew that pieces of my roof were now in her yard. And we were some of the lucky ones.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Tags Submit a Press Release Dustin Smith cuts through a branch at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Grinnell, Iowa, as he and Dave Ford help remove a tree downed by the derecho windstorm that hit the state on Aug. 10. Photo courtesy of Wendy Abrahamson[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal congregations in Iowa are helping their neighbors rebound from a devastating windstorm that hit last week with the force of a hurricane, downing trees, damaging homes and businesses, knocking out power for about a half million residents and destroying about 10 million acres of farmland in the state.The Diocese of Iowa also has issued a call for donations to support relief efforts after the Aug. 10 straight-line windstorm, known as a “derecho,” which has been blamed for at least three deaths. Winds in some places were reported to have topped 100 mph during the storm.“The damage is so massive, it is hard to accurately wrap your head around it,” said the Rev. Meg Wagner, the diocese’s communications missioner. Communities had no warning, as they would with the approach of a hurricane, she told Episcopal News Service in an email, and the damage spans many counties, as opposed to the narrow path typically cut by a tornado.Most of the diocese’s church buildings made it through the storm untouched or with only minor damage, Wagner said. Many congregations have reported downed trees on church property.The cities of Cedar Rapids and Marion were hit particularly hard, with nearly all homes in that area sustaining some damage or losing power. Top winds there were estimated at 140 mph. Congregations in eastern Iowa are supporting existing feeding programs that have struggled to respond to local needs because of the continued power outages. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Albany, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Rector Columbus, GA Iowa Episcopalians join neighbors in supporting recovery efforts after devastating windstorm Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET The Rev. Lauren Lyon, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Iowa City, lives in Cedar Rapids and reported prolonged and dangerous disruptions to normal life in the days after the storm. In addition to lost power, internet and cellular service, the storm forced restaurants to close, and food options were limited at the grocery stories that remained open.“Winds tore roofs from houses and apartment buildings. Fallen trees blocked streets,” Lyon said in an emailed statement. “Disabled traffic signals and reduced visibility due to debris made driving especially hazardous for several days after the storm.”At Grace Episcopal Church in Cedar Rapids, the front doors were blown open during the storm, causing some water damage. The congregation has been more focused on providing assistance to others in the community, according to an email from the rector, the Rev. John Greve.“When these things occur, there is always a blessing that rises up in the midst of the rubble,” Greve said. “Many churches and civic organizations have used their resources to help feed and comfort their neighbors. The city has established neighborhood centers to assist residents.“When the world seems to be divided irreconcilably, these things prove that we are indeed a community and will do what it takes to care for one another.”The derecho storm comes amid heightened awareness of weather extremes that scientists fear could be worsening because of climate change. Death Valley in Southern California logged a scorching 130 degrees on Aug. 16, said to be the hottest temperature ever recorded worldwide. Wildfires again are forcing evacuations in Northern California, while East Coast residents are cleaning up after Tropical Storm Isaias, which barreled through the region earlier this month. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET By David PaulsenPosted Aug 20, 2020 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate Diocese of Nebraska Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Events Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Job Listing Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Tampa, FL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Press Release Service Rector Belleville, IL Environment & Climate Change Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Shreveport, LAlast_img read more

House in Valley Street / Baran Studio Architecture

first_imgArchDaily 2014 Architects: Baran Studio Architecture Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” House in Valley Street / Baran Studio Architecture photographs:  Peter LyonsPhotographs:  Peter LyonsSave this picture!© Peter LyonsRecommended ProductsCeramicsApavisaTiles – JewelsCeramicsGrespaniaWall Tiles – Wabi SabiCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Baguettes in Vork CenterCeramicsApariciPorcelain Tiles – TangoText description provided by the architects. This house is set on a traditional Berkeley street, and adjacent to a former rail line (traces of which are still visible from an aerial view.) The architecture borrows from the machine qualities of the railway to echo the former land use, and blends it with the character of the current residential neighborhood. Corrugated metal wraps down the roof and wall facing the former train line, while the front of the house expresses the pitch of the roof that ties it to more traditional house forms. The interior is an open expanse that also recalls a large, open station with a free plan and high vaulted ceilings.Save this picture!© Peter LyonsSave this picture!First Floor PlanSave this picture!© Peter LyonsProject gallerySee allShow lessMuseum of Cultures Completes in MilanArchitecture NewsLe Corbusier: Ideas and FormsPublications Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Houses Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboardcenter_img United States CopyHouses•Berkeley, United States Year:  2014 Photographs Save this picture!© Peter Lyons+ 14 Share Projects CopyAbout this officeBaran Studio ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBerkeleyHousesUnited StatesPublished on April 10, 2015Cite: “House in Valley Street / Baran Studio Architecture” 10 Apr 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – FocusGlass3MInterior Finishes at U.S. Bank StadiumPartitionsSkyfoldMarkerboard Finish for Folding WallsFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlFiber Cement Cladding Panels in B66 Business CenterMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsSculptformClick-on Battens in WestConnex M8 JunctionPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesBruagBack-Ventilated Facades – CELLONTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea CosmosGlassDip-TechCeramic Printing for Public TransportationAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®Porcelain StonewareApavisaSlabs – Wild ForestBulbs / SpotsAmbiance LumiereLighting – ZetaMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream House in Valley Street / Baran Studio ArchitectureSave this projectSaveHouse in Valley Street / Baran Studio Architecturelast_img read more

CTT takes on operations of smstextgiving

first_imgCTT already works with over 120 UK charities, including Age Concern, Amnesty International and The Woodland Trust.CTT say that, following their acquisition of smstextgiving, they will be developing new initiatives to provide charities with innovative ideas for the use of mobile as part of a charity’s fundraising and communication strategies.SMStextgiving has been running a campaign to increase the value of text message donations by the creation of a “National Charity Rate”. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis CTT takes on operations of smstextgivingcenter_img  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charity Technology Trust (CTT) has agreed to take over the operation of smstextgiving Ltd, a social venture set up two years ago to promote a culture of donating to charity via mobile.Smstextgiving’s service is used by over 40 charitable organisations.Steve Whitfield and Graham Burroughs, the founders of smstextgiving, have transferred the operation of the organisation to CTT because they felt it was better able to offer a broader range of new media technology services and support to charities. Advertisement Howard Lake | 11 July 2005 | Newslast_img read more

Hollande asked to raise freedom information during official visit to China

first_imgPhoto : Pool / GETTY IMAGES ASIAPAC / Getty Images/AFP RSF_en Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Receive email alerts News to go further April 25, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hollande asked to raise freedom information during official visit to China News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on China China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders urges French President François Hollande to raise human rights and freedom of information with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, during a two-day official visit to China that began yesterday.Hollande’s visit is the first by a foreign head of state since Xi was installed as China’s president on 14 March.“While it is clear from the size of the accompanying delegation of French businessmen that trade will be the leading subject of their talks, it is essential that Hollande should keep his promise – announced by government spokesman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem – to raise human rights with Xi, and this should include freedom of information,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We hope that Hollande will raise the issue of the 29 journalists and 69 netizens currently detained for using their right to inform others. China is now the world’s biggest prison for news providers. “We also hope that he will raise the thorny issue of censorship and cyber-surveillance, the economic consequences of which cannot be underestimated. The reaction to the censorship of Nanfang Zhoumo’s New Year message highlighted the degree to which the Chinese people are increasingly ready to protest against these restrictions on their freedom.”Freedom of information is subject to serious violations in China, including censorship, Propaganda Department directives on media coverage, difficulties for foreign journalists to obtain accreditation, denial of visas, arrests, harassment and physical violence.The 29 journalists and 69 cyber-dissidents currently detained in China include the 2010 Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo.Reinforcement of the regulations governing the right to receive and impart news and information is a major source of concern, as it could mean that situation of freedom of information in China is suffering a long-term decline.China’s media regulator,¬ the General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, issued a directive on 16 April banning the Chinese media from using unauthorized information from foreign media and websites.Micro-blogging websites such as Sina Weibo are also being subjected to a great deal of censorship. After last weekend’s earthquake in Sichuan, many Tweets critical of the relief operations were suppressed.Censorship – both on- and offline – does not just violate fundamental freedoms; it also undermines trade and business, which are handicapped by the lack of reliable information. An op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by two experts with the European Centre for International Political Economy described it as “disguised protectionism.”Online censorship, in particular, has become a way of discriminating against foreign companies and giving preferential treatment to Chinese firms. Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner for Competition, described this as a “trade barrier” in May 2010.The issue was also raised by the US representative to the World Trade Organization in October 2011. A series of 45 questions were submitted in accordance with WTO regulations. China has not so far replied, although it is required by the rules to do so.China is classified by Reporters Without Borders as one of the “Enemies of the Internet” and is ranked 173rd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Read the 2013 special report on Surveillance, “Enemies of the Internet” – China News News March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Concern about the fate of four cyberdissidents two months after their arrest

first_img Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the fate of four cyberdissidents who were arrested on 13 August 2004 when police broke up a demonstration. Mohamed Zaki, Ahmad Didi, Fathimath Nisreen and Naushad Waheed are being held in conditions described as “inhumane” by the Maldives human rights commission. Receive email alerts October 13, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern about the fate of four cyberdissidents two months after their arrest Organisation RSF_en July 15, 2020 Find out more September 12, 2018 Find out more News Help by sharing this information RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers Reporters Without Borders expressed concern about four cyberdissidents who were arrested on 13 August 2004 as police broke up a pro-democracy demonstration.The worldwide press freedom organisation said it was especially worried about their prison conditions and called for their immediate release.Those who were arrested were: Mohamed Zaki, Ahmad Didi, Fathimath Nisreen and Naushad Waheed.The organisation also called on the European Commission to put into effect a resolution passed by the parliament in mid-September on freezing all financial aid to the Maldives.”President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom continues to rely on hypocrisy in his dealings with the international community. He has indeed just lifted the state of emergency, but most of the demonstrators who were arrested on 13 August are still being held.””We particularly fear for the life of Ahmad Didi, who is currently in the emergency room of the government hospital” in the capital Malé, said Reporters Without Borders.Didi, who suffers from heart problems, is reportedly in a critical condition. He has been beaten several times and was held in solitary confinement at Dhoonidhoo prison. His wife has been able to visit him only once and in the presence of police officers.Fathimath Nisreen is also imprisoned in Dhoonidhoo. Her mother, the only person who has been allowed to see her, said that she had been ill-treated but declined to give any further details.Mohamed Zaki was put under house arrest on 6 October after spending a month at Maafushi prison and several weeks in hospital. Naushad Waheed was initially held at Malé police station but then transferred to Dhoonidhoo.The official Maldives human rights commission has said after visiting them that the prisoners ‘treatment was “inhumane” and their families say they have been unable able to find any lawyers prepared to defend them. The state of emergency declared after the demonstrations was only lifted on 10 October, under pressure from US and European delegations. Nevertheless, the European Commission has until now refused to apply sanctions recommended by the parliament – freezing of all aid and putting out a warning about the situation to tourists planning to visit the archipelago.Several thousand demonstrators gathered in the capital on the evening of 12 August to call for democratic reform. The peaceful demonstration was brutally suppressed the following day on the orders of President Gayoom. He also ordered a curfew and cut Internet access throughout the archipelago for two days. The four cyberdissidents, who had been placed under house arrest shortly beforehand, nevertheless managed to take part in the demonstration.The regime of President Gayoom is one of the world’s most repressive countries in terms of press freedom both on the Internet and for traditional media. British firm Cable & Wireless manages the Internet service on the archipelago.Mohamed Zaki, Ahmad Didi, Ibrahim Lutfy and his assistant Fathimath Nisreen were arrested in January 2002, for their work on Sandhaanu, an email news bulletin that exposed human rights abuses and corruption in the Maldives.They were charged with “defamation” and “attempting to overthrow the government”. Zaki, Lutfy and Didi were sentenced to life imprisonment on 7 July 2002. Fathimath Nisreen, who was only 22 at the time of the trial, was sentenced to ten years. Lutfy managed to escape from prison on 24 May 2003 and now lives in Switzerland.The painter and political dissident Naushad Waheed was also arrested on 9 December 2001, for sending an email to Amnesty International. He was sentenced on 12 October 2002 to 15 years in prison pour committing “an anti-government act”. He has been tortured on several occasions. MaldivesAsia – Pacific Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist Follow the news on Maldives News News News to go further MaldivesAsia – Pacific April 23, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

GOOD NEWS: Betenbough Homes awarded 2018 Guildmaster Award with distinction

first_img GOOD NEWS: Betenbough Homes awarded 2018 Guildmaster Award with distinction Pinterest Local News Facebook Pinterest Betenbough Homes, a leading home builder in West Texas, has been awarded a 2018 Guildmaster Award with Distinction. Betenbough Homes was one of 41 new home builders throughout North America and the only in West Texas recognized by GuildQuality for their exceptional performance.“We are honored to earn recognition as a 2018 Guildmaster with Distinction,” said Jeanna Roach, vice president of sales and marketing for Betenbough Homes, in a prepared statement. “Our heart is to serve our home buyers with the utmost intentionality and care throughout the home buying process.”GuildQuality’s annual Guildmaster Awards celebrate unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction among home builders, remodelers, developers, property managers, home services contractors, and real estate professionals.In order to be recognized as a Guildmaster Award winner, a Guildmember must achieve a recommendation rate of 90 percent or greater and receive a certain response rate based on volume. Guildmasters with Distinction are a rare 9 percent of all GuildQuality members that enjoy a high recommendation rate with a higher response rate than all other Guildmasters.“This distinction is a direct reflection of the relationships and experience our team members are building and creating for our home buyers,” Roach said. “When we hand a new homeowner keys to their home, we know that we have done everything possible to ensure 100 percent satisfaction.” Twitter WhatsApp Twitter By admin – April 23, 2018 WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleHEALTH BRIEFS: Week of April 23Next articleSt. John’s Bash is fundraiser for school adminlast_img read more

Faith under fire: How 3 congregations moved on from mass shootings

first_imgScott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Sherri Pomeroy was traveling for work when she heard there had been a shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where her husband Frank is a pastor. Hearing the news, she immediately rushed to the airport.Frank Pomeroy was not at the church either, but he heard a report over the radio that “the pastor’s daughter is included with the deceased.”He immediately called his wife, desperate that she get the news from him. She was already at the airport when her phone rang.“I was at the security table about to walk through security, when he finally told me — that Annabelle was gone,” Sherri Pomeroy told ABC News. “And I remember it was a metal table and I just fell to my knees and hung on to that metal table.”Annabelle Pomeroy, only 14, was among the 26 people killed in the worst mass shooting at a house of worship in U.S. history. Another 20 people were injured that morning in November 2017, when a gunman stormed the rural Texas church during a Sunday service.“The aftermath hurt almost as much as the actual, what the shooter did in our church,” Frank Pomeroy said.“I’m just recently beginning to say I’m okay,” his wife added.The Pomeroys, as well as those touched by two other mass shootings at American houses of worship, sat down with ABC News while they were in the nation’s capital.They came to Washington, D.C., to speak at the National Cathedral with religious leaders in the city about how to prepare their own congregations for a targeted attack and how to rebuild afterward. The event was organized by the city’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.Allan Hausman, the vice president of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where 11 people were killed in October 2018, told ABC News that “people are scared right now,” and every new shooting reopens old wounds.“It essentially just opens the wounds again. It’s really, really hard to see your folks almost reliving the entire event — right when they were getting to a point where they were beginning to learn how to deal with it,” he said.At a briefing last month an FBI counter-intelligence official said the bureau is seeing an increase in “people who advocate for the supremacy of the white race,” Since that Pittsburgh shooting, where the gunman allegedly shouted anti-Semitic threats as he killed worshipers, the bureau has seen a 30 percent increase involving these types of cases.Hausman said that although they are not back in their synagogue — and don’t expect to return for at least a few years — they now have armed security at their events.“We have uniformed police officers there. We have cameras in this building. If people come in and we don’t recognize them, their bags are searched,” Hausman said.The threat of a gunman is all too familiar for Reverend Eric Manning, the Pastor of the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Four years ago in June 2015, a shooting there left nine dead at his church.“We have security protocol that details what to do when we receive emails that are threatening,” Manning told ABC News.Frank Pomeroy said he sometimes hears from conspiracy theorists who question if the attack on his church ever happened — claiming the shooting was staged in an effort to impose new gun control measures.“I have been told by some that Annabel never existed, and by some I’ve human trafficked her away,” he said.Still, he and his wife have looked to their congregation to find strength.“We have survivors that lost nine family members,” Sherri Pomeroy said. “If they can get up and worship, so can I. If they can get up and take a step, so can I. So they’re my heroes and we speak out for them and to let the world know there is hope.”“If we stop spreading hope, then we let evil win,” she said.“If you choose hope and mercy and grace over pessimism and hate and divisiveness, you’re going to heal and you’re going to be able to move forward,” Frank Pomeroy added.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Seasonal availability of chemical nutrients on Signy Island

first_imgThis paper presents some preliminary results of an investigation into the seasonal variation of extractable n utrients in the soils of Signy Island. In an examination of British soils Allen & Grimshaw (1962) found that extractable phosphorus and ammonium -nitrogen concentrations increased as a result of prolonged freezing. In view of the importance of such phenomena to the soils of subpolar regions experiments were carried out on Signy Island over a complete season. Signy Island is particularly suitable for such a study because of the prolonged freeze during the winter months, and the oscillation of the soil temperatures around 0 °C during the rest of the year.last_img

Deep-water bryophytes from the highest Scottish lochs

first_imgDuring a preliminary limnological survey of a number of high altitude lochs in the Scottish Highlands a rich benthic bryophyte flora was noted in four of these with exceptionally clear water. Eight species of moss and seven species of liverwort were collected at depths ranging from 1 to 20 m. Some of these deep-water bryophyte communities were dense with luxurious growth covering many square metres. Although bryophytes have been collected from considerably greater depths in other parts of the world, the previous maximum depth from which they had been recorded in a British lake appears to be c. 12 m. Since a few of the mosses were detached and entangled in shoots of other species they had almost certainly been washed or blown into the lochs. However, the remainder were firmly attached to their rock or mud substratum and, although several are not typically aquatic and had almost certainly originated from terrestrial habitats, they had obviously adapted to the relatively stable deep-water environment. The lochs in which these bryophytes occur are covered by about 1 m of ice and varying depths of snow for up to 7 months of the year, thereby considerably reducing the amount of light penetrating the water. Ice scour and wave action have a marked influence in preventing widespread colonization of the littoral zone down to c. 1 m. We should like to thank Dr M. E. Newton and Mr M. O. Hill for confirming the identification of the mosses, and Mrs J. A. Paton for determining the liverworts.last_img read more